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      Teachers Talk Tech
            2006
         Fulfilling Technology’s Promise
        of Improved Student Performance


UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL
JUNE 26, 8:00 A.M.
Table of Contents
•   Mission & Focus                  Page 3
•   Key Findings                     Page 4
•   21st Century Skills              Page 5
•   Technology as a Teacher’s Tool   Page 7
•   Technology as a Teaching Tool    Page 11
•   Technology as a Classroom Tool   Page 14
•   Technology Obstacles             Page 15
•   True Technology Integration      Page 18
•   Professional Development         Page 19
•   Call to Action                   Page 23
•   Methodology                      Page 24
•   Sample Design                    Page 25
•   Respondent Demographics          Page 26


                                               2
Mission and Focus
•   CDW•G employed QED to conduct the fourth annual in-depth research
    study into what K-12 teachers are saying about technology in the
    classroom. Quantifiable teacher input helps parents and administrators
    understand the importance of technology investments. Teachers are often
    in the best position to see the true impact of technology on learning and
    know what it can and cannot do. Thus, feedback from classroom educators
    can be essential in helping communities make academic and technological
    choices that are in the best long-term interests of students and schools.

•   Specific objectives of this study were to:
     –   Learn how K-12 teachers use computers in their jobs
     –   Evaluate technology’s role and efficacy in education
     –   Give K-12 teachers a voice regarding the use of computers in schools
     –   Assess the effectiveness of computers in preparing students for the
         21st century work environment




                                                                                3
   Key Findings for 2006
   Fulfilling the Promise of Improved Student Performance

   • Technology is beginning to deliver on the promise –
     positively impacting student performance
          – Technology is bridging the gap between 21st century skills and core
            curricula (21st century skills cannot guarantee student success if
            students can’t read, write, comprehend and calculate)
          – The teaching process is fundamentally changing as teachers move
            from learning how computers work to using technology to change
            how they teach, culminating in transforming how students learn
          – Teachers believe technology is increasingly
            influencing the teaching of thinking and learning
            skills to develop lifelong learners
                                                                       Teachers Say
          – Teachers view technology as an                    “Technology is intricately woven into
            effective tool for teaching, as well          what I am trying to teach and the more these
                                                          kids recognize that technology is a vital tool,
            as for administration, communication        and not just something to play games, the further
            and research functions                        they are going to get and the better off they
                                                                         are going to be.”
          – Education is today where business                          — Carver Middle School
            was 20 years ago – on the cusp of
            radically transforming the learning environment
All quotes from Teachers Talk Tech® 2006 one-on-one interviews

                                                                                                            4
21st Century Skills

 • Teachers Talk Tech® 2006 defines 21st century skills
   using the Partnership for 21st Century Skills’ “Results
   that Matter: 21st Century Skills and High School
   Reform” report
 • 21st century skills include:
    –   Critical-thinking and problem-solving
    –   Communication
    –   Creativity and innovation
    –   Collaboration
    –   Contextual learning
    –   Information and media literacy




                                                             5
Teachers Say
A view from the teacher’s desk


•   In addition to surveying over 1,000 teachers for Teachers Talk Tech®
    2006, QED also conducted one-on-one in-depth interviews with
    teachers to understand how technology is being used in education

    Mare Chitko, Teacher, Tablet Program Coordinator                      Debra Resch, Teacher
    Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest, NJ                              Community Middle School, Plainsborough, NJ


    Susan Lindenfelser, 3rd Grade Teacher                                 Russell Sadberry, Teacher
    Jefferson School, Pekin, IL                                           Katy High School, Katy, TX


    BJ Powell, Department Chair, Career & Technology Education            Mary Yeun, 1st Grade Teacher
    Del Valle High School, El Paso, TX                                    Cabello Elementary School, Union City, CA


                                         Paula Jones, 7th Grade Teacher
                                         Carver Middle School, Leesburg, FL




                                                                                                                       6
  Technology as a Teacher’s Tool
  Technology has a profound impact on teaching

  •    In the last three years, teachers have increasingly reported that technology has changed the
       way they teach “a great deal” (40 percent, 2004; 56 percent, 2005; 54 percent, 2006), an
       indication that technology is being used and embraced in the classroom
  •    The majority of teachers (54 percent) report that technology is having a profound impact on
       the classroom and how they teach; the majority of teachers with over 10 years of classroom
       experience feel the change most

        A great deal                             54%                                            32%                       Years of Experience

                                                                                                                             < 5 (n = 145)

         Just some                                                                                       48%                 > 5 and < 10 (n = 211)
                                      34%
                                                                                                                             > 10 and < 15 (n = 175)
                                                                                                                             > 15 and <20 (n = 147)
                                                                   A great deal                                57%           > 20 (n = 320)
          Very little    8%

                                                                                                                  63%
           Not at all   4%
                                                                                                                60%
          First year
          teaching 0%

                                                                                   Veteran teachers have seen technology change the process of
                                                                                     Veteran teachers have seen technology change the process of
                                                                                   teaching, while younger teachers have always had some link to
                                                                                     teaching, while younger teachers have always had some link to
                                                                                   technology. The new goal is to have technology as common as
                                                                                     technology. The new goal is to have technology as common as
                                                                                   pencils and paper. The new measure is to have technology
                                                                                     pencils and paper. The new measure is to have technology
                                                                                   viewed as irreplaceable, but not revolutionary.
                                                                                     viewed as irreplaceable, but not revolutionary.
Q1. Since you began teaching, has computer technology changed the way you teach?

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Technology as a Teacher’s Tool
Teachers increasingly say computers are critical to their jobs

  •     Computers are an increasingly essential job tool for teachers. Four out of five
        teachers believe technology is very or somewhat important to teaching, especially for
        administrative functions (88 percent) and communications with others (86 percent)


                                     Very and Somewhat Important Ratings
        Administrative functions                                                               88%
         such as attendance                                                                   86%
             and grading                                                              76%


          Communications with
                                                                                              86%
            other teachers,
                                                                                            83%                 2006 (n = 1000)
         administrators, parents
                                                                                   71%                          2005 (n = 1000)
             and students
                                                                                                                2004 (n = 1000)
                                                                                         81%
           Research information
                                                                                        79%
           for preparing lessons
                                                                                     73%


                                                                                        79%
           As a teaching tool for
                                                                                       77%
                 students
                                                                               65%



Q) Rate the importance of computer technology for you personally in each of the following-teacher related functions

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 Technology as a Teacher’s Tool
 Teachers’ computer skills improve year after year

 •     Teachers continue to become                                                        2%
       more skilled at using computers,                                   Beginner
                                                                                          3%

       with almost two-thirds                                                                   9%
                                                                                               7%
       (63 percent) characterizing
       their computer and classroom
       technology skills as somewhat                                                                       34%

       advanced and advanced                                           Intermediate
                                                                                                           35%
                                                                                                                       47%
                                                                                                                       46%
 •     In 2006, just 2 percent of
       teachers considered themselves                                                                              45%
       to be beginners, compared to                                     Somewhat                                   44%
       7 percent in 2003                                                 advanced                           37%
                                                                                                                 40%



                                                                                                     18%
                                                                                                     18%
                                                                         Advanced
                                                                                               6%                            2006 (n = 1000)

                                                                                               7%                            2005 (n =1000)
                                                                                                                             2004 (n = 1000)
                                                                                                                             2003 (n = 606)

Q) How would you describe your skill set with computers and other classroom technology?

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  Technology as a Teacher’s Tool
  Better technology skills translate into better use of instructional tools

   •     In most areas, approximately three-quarters of teachers consider themselves highly competent or
         competent using technology as an instructional tool
   •     Using technology to develop critical thinking skills and using data analysis tools for student
         assessment are key to student success, but fewer teachers feel highly competent in these areas

                                                                                                                                                    2%
               Using instructional software                26%                                      53%                                  16%
                                                                                                                                                     3%



                 Integrating computers into
                                                           26%                                    50%                                 18%         3%3%
                            lessons



              Using technology to develop
                                                     16%                              50%                                       27%               5% 2%
                  critical thinking skills


               Technology tools such as
                 presentation software,                          34%                                    44%                              18%        3%1%
             spreadsheets and the Internet


            Data analysis tools for student
                                                       21%                                  49%                                    24%            4%2%
             assessment and evaluation



                                              Highly Competent     Competent   Slightly Competent       Not at all competent   Don't know/don't use/have



                                                                               Data analysis tools give teachers, parents and administrators an almost-instant
                                                                                 Data analysis tools give teachers, parents and administrators an almost-instant
                                                                               picture of where students are and how to adjust for improvement, a key No Child
                                                                                 picture of where students are and how to adjust for improvement, a key No Child
                                                                               Left Behind (NCLB) requirement. Without technology it would be impossible to meet
Q) Please rate your level of competency in the following areas                   Left Behind (NCLB) requirement. Without technology it would be impossible to meet
                                                                               the requirements of NCLB.
                                                                                 the requirements of NCLB.

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 Technology as a Teaching Tool
 Technology is reaching more students in the school day

  •     Two-thirds of teachers (67 percent) integrate technology into their classroom instruction
        at least a couple of times a week; 37 percent integrate it on a daily basis
  •     As expected, daily use of technology is more common at the elementary level
        (44 percent) than at the middle (33 percent) or high school (34 percent) level
  •     The room where students use technology differs by grade level, with elementary school
        students using computers more often in the classroom and middle and high school
        students using computers in the media center or computer lab

                              Daily                               37%


          A couple of times a week                          30%                             Teachers Say
                                                                                   “We use technology in every subject,
                            Weekly              14%                                but not necessarily every day. I use it
                                                                                    every day for math, the other areas
                                                                                    depend on what I can find to go with
                A couple of times a                                                         what we are doing.”
                      month                   11%
                                                                                              — Jefferson School


             At least once a month      4%


           Less than once a month       4%

Q) On average, how frequently do you integrate technology into your instruction?

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 Technology as a Teaching Tool
 Technology is increasingly impacting the core curriculum

  •      While computer use in all learning areas has increased, teachers have moved
         beyond using computers simply for teaching basic skills and rote learning,
         increasingly including technology to teach critical thinking skills (68 percent in 2006
         vs. 59 percent in 2005) and scientific concepts (60 percent in 2006 vs. 51 percent in
         2005)
                           Very and Somewhat Effective Ratings
                                                                                                       Teachers Say
          Writing skills                                            71%                    “Students should be able to analyze and use
                                                                 64%
                                                                                             cognitive thinking skills and apply them to
                                                                      71%                     other situations. It is not all about book
        Reading skills                                                                        learning. They need to learn not just to
                                                                     67%
                                                                                            answer a question directly, but they need to
                                                                                               learn how to think a problem through.”
       Critical thinking                                             68%
                                                                                                       — Carver Middle School
             skills                                            59%

   Learning scientific                                         60%
       concepts                                          51%

                                                               60%                                    Teachers now have an understanding of
      Doing math drills                                                                                 Teachers now have an understanding of
                                                               59%                                    the broad use of technology across
                                                                                                        the broad use of technology across
                                                                                                      disciplines. Technology is bridging the gap
                                                                                                        disciplines. Technology is bridging the gap
                                                                                                      between simply learning technology skills
   Performing artistic                             42%                       2006 (n = 1000)            between simply learning technology skills
                                                                                                      and using technology to improve core
       activities                              36%                                                      and using technology to improve core
                                                                             2005 (n = 1000)          curricula skills
                                                                                                        curricula skills


Q) Please rate how effective you feel computers are as a classroom tool in addressing each skill

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 Technology as a Teaching Tool
 Computers increasingly impact student performance

 •       2006 results demonstrate a significant increase over 2005 in how teachers view
         the impact of technology on teaching. Leading the way are creative thinking, more
         independent thinking and engaging students in learning

                                    Strongly and Somewhat Agree Ratings

     Computers engage my                                                                        82%               Teachers Say
     students in the learning
            process.                                                                     76%            “I think technology in the classroom
                                                                                                       makes it more interesting for the kids.
                                                                                                           They are more willing to do the
  My students' academic                                                                               work…Most of them will sit in front of the
                                                                               65%
  performance improves                                                                                  computer and feel like they could do
 with the use of classroom                                                  61%                       something. They are more drawn into a
        computers.                                                                                        computer than they are a book.’’
                                                                                                                    —Katy High School
    Computers help                                                             64%
encourage my students to
    think creatively.                                                   56%



     My students think more                                                                                       As teachers continue to embrace
                                                                  47%                                               As teachers continue to embrace
      independently due to                                                                                        technology in the classroom there is
                                                                                                                    technology in the classroom there is
        computers in my                                     40%               2006 (n = 1000)                     a larger role for technology in the
                                                                                                                    a larger role for technology in the
           classroom.                                                         2005 (n = 1000)                     core curriculum
                                                                                                                    core curriculum


Q) Identify some issues that may affect the best use of computer technology as a teaching tool in the classroom

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 Technology as a Classroom Tool
 Effective, appropriate use at all levels

  •     Technology is viewed as an                                                                   Very and Somewhat Effective Ratings
        appropriate and effective
                                                                                                                                                 80%
        instructional tool for the teaching                       Representing and
                                                                                                                                                         89%
                                                                presenting information
        methodology at each grade level                                                                                                                  89%

  •     At the elementary and middle                              Communicating with
                                                                                                                                           74%
                                                                                                                                                     85%
        school levels, where lessons                                  others
                                                                                                                                                   82%
        focus on core skills and drill and                                                                                           65%
        practice, teachers believe                               Analyzing information                                                            80%
        computers are an effective tool                                                                                                          78%

        to teach skills such as reading                                                                                                          79%
                                                                        Reading skills                                                     73%
        and math                                                                                                                61%
  •     By high school, where the                                                                                                          74%
        emphasis has shifted to higher                               Doing math drills                                         58%

        order thinking and collaborative                                                                                46%

        learning, teachers believe that                             Performing artistic
                                                                                                                  35%
                                                                                                                         47%
        technology in the classroom is                                   activities
                                                                                                                        45%
        more effective for presentation,
        communication and analysis                                                        Elem entary (n = 333)
                                                                                          Middle (n = 334)
                                                                                          High (n = 333)


Q) Please rate how effective you feel computers are as a classroom tool in addressing each skill


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 Teachers’ Technology Obstacles
 Challenges vary by grade level

    •     Elementary school teachers struggle to find enough                                                         Teachers Say
          time to integrate technology into the curriculum                                               “It would be very cool if desks came with built-in
    •     Middle and high school teachers struggle with                                                         computers, but until we can do that,
                                                                                                         I am not sure that having a couple of computers
          access to technology                                                                             or going to the computer lab is going to do it.”
                                                                                                                  — Community Middle School

                                                                           49%

                      Access to computers                                         59%

                                                                                 57%

                                                                                                                     Teachers Say
                                                                                                         “If something is new, you have a learning curve.
                                                                                 55%                     You have to have time to learn it yourself before
                                                                                                                    you can teach it to others.”
                                    Time                             41%
                                                                                                                       — Katy High School
                                                                         46%




                                                             20%
                                                                                                                     Teachers Say
                           Set curriculum                19%
                                                                                                          “Some issues are cultural — the staff and the
                                                   12%
                                                                                                        environment to use computers has to have a big
                                                                                                        push. Administratively, they have to really follow
                                                                                                         through with initiatives. Using computers is not
                                            Elementary (n = 333)                                        always in the teachers’ performance standards.”
                                            Middle (n = 334)
                                                                                                                  — Community Middle School
                                            High (n = 333)


Q) What do you see as the most significant obstacles to integrating technology into your daily curriculum?


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 Teachers’ Technology Obstacles
 Time, access and budget are the top three obstacles to technology integration


  •     Access, time and budget are the top three obstacles
        to fully integrating computers into the curriculum


                               Access to computers                                       55%                      Other responses:
                                                                                                             • Technical problems
                                                  Time                               48%
                                                                                                             • Lack of computer
                                                                                                               availability
                                               Budget                                48%
                                                                                                             • Lack of tech supplies/
                                            Class size                     30%                                 equipment
                                                                                                             • Lack of tech support
         Having to prepare for standardized tests                        26%
                                                                                                             • Computers not
                                     Teacher training                    25%                                   necessary/not always the
                                                                                                               best tool
                                       Set curriculum               17%                                      • They quickly become
                                                                                                               outdated
                                                  Other             17%                                      • Time consuming
                                Don't Know/Refused          2%                                               • Not all students are
                                                                                                               computer savvy
                                                                                                             • Requires extra teaching
                                                                                                             • Kids need more monitoring


Q) What do you see as the most significant obstacles to integrating technology into your daily curriculum?


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Teachers’ Technology Obstacles
Access to technology predicts teacher perception of technology

                    Strongly and Somewhat Agree Ratings

     My school’s administration supports the use of
            technology in the classroom.
                                                                              97%                   •     Teachers who agree their
                                                                       71%
                                                                                                          students have enough access
   The use of classroom technology helps prepare
     my students for the 21st century work world.
                                                                              91%                         to computers are also more
                                                                           79%
                                                                                                          likely to use technology in the
    Computers engage my students in the learning
                    process.                                           72%
                                                                             87%                          classroom
                                                                                                    •     2006 data indicate a direct
          I have adequate technical support to keep                     77%
                    equipment running.                   31%                                              correlation between student
                                                                                                          access to computers and the
 My students’ academic performance improves with                       71%
         the use of classroom computers.                       51%                                        degree to which technology is
                                                                                                          integrated into classroom
   Computers help encourage my students to think                       70%
                    creatively.                                 52%                                       lessons
   Classroom technology helps improve scores on                      63%
                standardized tests.                            47%                 Strongly and
                                                                                   somewhat agree
                                                                                   students have
 Having computers in the classroom enables me to                  59%              sufficient access to
                                                                                   computers at school         We see a connection between access
    do more one-to-one teaching with students.             38%                     (n=645)                       We see a connection between access
                                                                                                               to technology and the belief that
                                                                                   Strongly and                  to technology and the belief that
                                                                                                               technology does indeed work
       My students think more independently due to               54%               somewhat Disagree             technology does indeed work
                                                                                   students have
              computers in my classroom.                 31%                       sufficient access to
                                                                                   computers at school
                                                                                   (n=213)



Q) Please rate how effective you feel computers are as a classroom tool in addressing each skill

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True Technology Integration
For many years technology skills were taught
separately from the core curriculum. Lack of
understanding, time, access, and budget kept     Technology              Core
the two areas apart                               Education            Curriculum




Today, increased technology professional
development has led to an increased
understanding of technology’s role in the core     Technology         Core
curriculum, but obstacles still remain              Education       Curriculum




In the future, as the obstacles are overcome,
educators can actively integrate to create a                  Technology-
seamless technology-enabled core curriculum                     enabled
                                                                 Core
                                                               Curriculum


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Technology Professional Development
Hours of technology professional development are on the rise


   •      There was a significant
          decrease (12 percent) from                                                                                 19%
          2005 to 2006 in the number of                                                  None                                   31%
          teachers stating they did not                                                                                         31%
          receive any hours of training in
          the use of computers and                                                                                                             48%
                                                                               Up to 8 hours                                             42%
          classroom technology                                                                                                            43%
   •      Yet, nearly one-fifth of teachers
          received no technology training                                   More than 8, but
                                                                                                                   19%
          over the past 12 months                                         less than 16 hours
                                                                                                                14%
                                                                                                                14%


                                                                                                               13%
                                                                                More than 16
                                                                                       hours                   13%
                                                                                                              11%

                                                                                                                                  2006 (n = 1000)
       A significantly smaller number of teachers report receiving
        A significantly smaller number of teachers report receiving
                                                                                                    0%
       no training in 2006 versus previous years. Considering                     Don't know         1%                           2005 (n = 1000)
        no training in 2006 versus previous years. Considering
       how technology is changing the teaching process, the
        how technology is changing the teaching process, the
       number should be closer to zero
                                                                                                    0%                            2004 (n = 1000)
        number should be closer to zero


Q) Over the past 12 months, how many hours of training have you received in the use of computers and other classroom technology that
has been provided by your school or school system?

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Technology as a Teacher’s Tool
Professional development and technology in the classroom

   •     The more hours of technology professional development that teachers receive,
         the more likely they are to feel that technology is an important classroom tool
                            Very and Somewhat Effective Ratings
               Representing                                            88%
              and presenting                                         84%
                                                                        90%
                 information                                           88%

                                                                75%
                                                                                                                            Teachers Say
                    Analyzing                                 70%                                                   “You are able to give students another
                  information                                     80%                                                 avenue to keep the kids engaged in
                                                                  81%
                                                                                                                    learning. If you have students that are
                                                             66%                                                     learning at a difference pace, whether
               Reading skills                                  70%
                                                                 76%                                                  slower or faster, you can help them.”
                                                                 75%              Hours of
                                                                              Technical Training                             — Katy High School
                                                             64%
              Critical thinking                              65%
                          skills                                   76%        None (n = 193)
                                                                    78%
                                                                              Up to 8 hours (n = 482)
                     Learning                           57%                   More than 8 but less than 16 hours
                     scientific                         57%
                                                           65%                More than 16 hours (n = 134)
                     concepts                               68%

                                                       55%
                Collaboration                         52%
                        skills                               67%                                               Teachers with more technology professional
                                                             66%                                                Teachers with more technology professional
                                                                                                               development are better able to integrate
                                                                                                                development are better able to integrate
                                                 42%                                                           computers into lesson plans, use instructional
                   Performing                   40%                                                             computers into lesson plans, use instructional
                                                                                                               software and use technology to help students
             artistic activities                  45%                                                           software and use technology to help students
                                                    50%                                                        develop critical thinking skills
                                                                                                                develop critical thinking skills

Q) Please rate how effective you feel computers are as a classroom tool in addressing each skill


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Professional Development as an Integration Tool
Teacher confidence grows with more training

  •     The more technology-related professional development
        teachers have received, the more likely they are to
        integrate 21st century skills into the classroom

                                    Strongly and Somewhat Agree Ratings

                                                                               60%
          I incorporate teaching                                                                               Hours of Technical Training
                                                                                    65%
           of 21st century skills                                                          76%                None (n = 193)
            into my curriculum.
                                                                                             78%              Up to 8 hours (n = 482)
                                                                                                              More than 8 but less than 16 hours
                                                                                                              More than 16 hours (n = 134)
         Teaching 21st century                                          51%
           skills strengthens                                                 59%
         skills for standardized                                                     68%
                  testing.                                                          66%


                                                                  42%
         Teaching 21st century
                                                                              59%
         skills is an emphasis
                                                                                     67%
              in my school.
                                                                                       70%                       Technology professional
                                                                                                                  Technology professional
                                                                                                                 development gives teachers
                                                                                                                  development gives teachers
                                                                                                                 confidence
                                                                                                                  confidence


Q) Some of these skills we have been asking you about are associated with teaching 21st century skills. After each statement, please tell me whether you
agree or disagree with the statement where 1 is strongly disagree, 2 is somewhat disagree, 3 is neither agree nor disagree, 4 is somewhat agree and 5 is
strongly agree.

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Professional Development as an Integration Tool
Teaching 21st century skills requires 21st century training

 •     The more technology training teachers receive, the more likely they
       are to see the positive impact technology can have on students                                                          Δ: Teachers receiving
                                                                                                                               more than 16 hours vs.
                                                                                                                               zero hours
                                           Strongly and Somewhat Agree Ratings
       The use of classroom technology                                                              78%
       helps prepare my students for the                                                                       90%
                                                                                                              90%        Δ 15%
           21st century work world.                                                                              93%

                                                                                              73%
        Computers engage my students                                                                   83%
           in the learning process.                                                                     85%          Δ 15%
                                                                                                          88%

             My students’ academic                                             53%
                                                                                        65%
         performance improves with the
                                                                                           69%            Δ 21%
          use of classroom computers.                                                            74%

                                                                                     59%                               None (n = 193)
         Computers help encourage my                                                    63%
          students to think creatively.                                                    68%            Δ 14%        Up to 8 hours (n = 482)
                                                                                              73%                      More than 8 but less than 16 hours

          Classroom technology helps                                       49%                                         More than 16 hours (n = 134)
                                                                                 57%
        improve scores on standardized
                                                                                    62%        Δ 15%
                    tests.                                                           64%
             Having computers in the                                    45%
           classroom enables me to do                                         51%
          more one-to-one teaching with                                        53%             Δ 19%
                    students.                                                           64%
                                                                                                                                                  Δ 21%
                                                                                                                  As with access, the more teachers are
            My students think more                                38%                                               As with access, the more teachers are
        independently due to computers                                   46%                                      trained to use technology, the more they
                                                                               54%        Δ 21%                     trained to use technology, the more they
                                                                                                                  believe in it as a tool for success
               in my classroom.                                                   59%                               believe in it as a tool for success


Q) Identify some issues that may affect the best use of computer technology as a teaching tool in the classroom

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Call to Action
•   Industry should focus on making technology, from computers and
    interactive white boards to software, a seamless part of the core
    curriculum – bring technology to the teachers, not teachers to the
    technology
•   Until core curriculum and technology skills are better integrated,
    teachers will continue to face serious time, access and budget
    challenges in facilitating technology in education. Teacher training and
    professional development should reflect this requirement
•   Technology is a vehicle to enable true differentiated instruction in
    today’s classrooms. Districts and technology providers need to be
    sure that remedial, on-target and accelerated students are all being
    served and realize the educational benefits of technology in the
    classroom
•   The educational technology industry shares the burden for making the
    case for technology to administrators, parents and policy makers and
    increasing the value of technology professional development

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Methodology
• QED conducted telephone interviews between January 11
  and February 22, 2006 with K-12 teachers
• A total of 1,000 K-12 public school teachers completed the
  survey
• The random sample was drawn from QED’s National
  Education Database™ (NED) of K-12 schools, which is a
  census of all schools and districts in the United States
• A sample size of 1,000 respondents equates to a +/- 3%
  precision at a 95% confidence level




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Sample Design
•   Grade Level
    –   33% of respondents in elementary schools
    –   35% of respondents in middle schools
    –   36% of respondents in high schools
•   Region
    –   17% of respondents in the Northeast
    –   34% of respondents in the South
    –   27% of respondents in the Midwest
    –   22% of respondents in the West
•   Metropolitan settings
    –   24% of respondents in urban areas
    –   45% of respondents in suburban areas
    –   32% of respondents in rural areas
•   Schools’ student enrollment numbers
    –   22% of respondents in schools with enrollment 299 and less
    –   29% of respondents in schools with enrollment 300-499
    –   27% of respondents in schools with enrollment 500-749
    –   22% of respondents in schools with enrollment 750 and more

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Respondent Demographics
•   Subjects Taught (multiple responses allowed)
    –   57% of respondents teach Reading, English or Language Arts
    –   48% of respondents teach Math
    –   41% of respondents teach Social Studies or History
    –   44% of respondents teach Science
    –   3% of respondents teach Computers
    –   3% of respondents teach Physical Education/Health
    –   2% of respondents teach Music or Fine Arts
    –   2% of respondents teach Foreign Languages
    –   2% of respondents teach other subjects
•   Number of Students Taught
    –   5% of respondents teach 1 to 15 students on a daily basis
    –   32% of respondents teach 16 to 25 students on a daily basis
    –   12% of respondents teach 26 to 35 students on a daily basis
    –   2% of respondents teach 36 to 40 students on a daily basis
    –   49% of respondents teach more than 41 students on a daily basis




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Respondent Demographics
•   Years Teaching
    –   2% of respondents have taught less than one year
    –   13% of respondents have taught more than 1 year, but less than 5 years
    –   21% of respondents have taught more than 5 years, but less than 10 years
    –   18% of respondents have taught more than 10 years, but less than 15 years
    –   15% of respondents have taught more than 15 years, but less than 20 years
    –   32% of respondents have taught more than 20 years
•   Gender
    –   71% of respondents were female
    –   29% of respondents were male




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